Last night, I was crocheting and watching something on TV,when Brother B came in the house and told me that one of our policemen friends had informed him that there was a shooting down in Greenland. At least one policeman,possibly three, were shot. I immediately turned the channel to Channel 9,WMUR,our NH station out of Manchester.
We stayed up until the wee hours watching and gathering info as it trickled in.At first,they revealed that one of the officers shot was the Greenland police chief Michael Maloney,who was due to retire on April 20th. Brother B,who used to be a cop with the University of NH police dept,knew him. Later, they also revealed that not three,but five policemen had been shot.
The officers went to the home of 29 year old Cullen Mutrie,with a search warrant regarding drugs about 6:00 PM last night. Mutrie had a history of breaking the law- fighting at a bar,domestic violence against a girlfriend,and,when police went to his house to confiscate his weapons because of that charge,found illegal steroids in 2010 or 2011. Neighbors last night stated that there was suspected "drug activity" going on at the house and the local authorities were investigating it. When the officers entered the home,Mutrie fired at them,killing Police Chef Michael Maloney,and wounding four others-detectives from Newmarket,UNH,Dover,and Rochester. Two were treated and released,two others are stable but have undergone surgery from gunshot wounds to the chest.
I have been reading various posts about his from various news sources,and I am quite disgusted and appalled by some of the comments,mostly by anti government and anti police folks.I can't wrap my head around their thought process.I'm sorry,but the police were doing their job. Anyone who says this pinhead had every right to defend himself is wrong. He shouldn't have even had weapons,since he was no longer allowed the right to have them. Some points:
#1- He had the right to defend himself since this is a Right to Defend state- WRONG. He was a criminal who was breaking the law. And they had a warrant. Enough said.
#2-They got hurt because they weren't wearing bullet proof vests so they deserved it- WHAT? Just because someone wears a bullet proof vest doesn't mean they can't get hurt.Vests do not cover the whole torso,and it is not hard for a bullet to find the right spot. Also,if a bullet is stopped by the vest at close range,then internal injuries are not uncommon. Also,heads are not protected,are they?
#3-The police were sneaking up to the house in a "nighttime raid"-WRONG. It was 6:00 PM,and still light outside.
Needless to say,the area was swarmed by State Police,and many local police depts. They kept trying to get Mutrie to come out to no avail. After their last contact with him they heard shots. They sent a robot in and discovered the bodies of Mutrie and a female.Whether it be double suicide or murder suicide is unclear,but my guess is the latter.
Things like this don't happen here in NH. We have homicides,yes,but nothing like this,ever. Not on this scale. Greenland is on the Seacoast,next to Rye and North Hampton.It has about 3,000 people,a small town where folks "know" each other.
I know, I am not sounding like my normal self,but I am very angry that this happened...and that people who refer to themselves as "patriots"( who to me sound bat shit crazy) are being idiots about it. Brother B,my father in law,and many members of their family have been in law enforcement. It hits a bit close to home.
Bless the policemen,their families,and their law enforcement families.Our state is mighty sad and shaken today.